China’s Dongfang to build wind power plant in Ethiopia

Wind farm27 August 2013, Addis Ababa – Chinese manufacturer, Dongfang Electric is tipped to build a 120-megawatt, MW, wind power facility at Aysha, in western Ethiopia, with funding from the China Exim Bank.

It is thought likely that a Chinese company will also be awarded a further 60MW at Aysha, again with Exim Bank support, in partnership with Ethiopia’s state-owned Metal and Engineering Corporation.

This is in addition to the 51MW already turning at Adama I with Gold wind turbines and 153MW under construction at Adama II, powered by Sany.

Both projects were awarded to HydroChina International Engineering Company in a joint-venture with Chinese construction group CGCOC and backed by the Exim Bank.

HydroChina also helped draw up Ethiopia’s wind and solar energy master plan in 2012.

By contrast, the sole European initiative is the 120MW Ashegoda facility, which French manufacturer Vergnet is currently completing using Vergnet and Alstom turbines, with funding from France.

The European Investment Bank has also expressed interest in backing another 120MW at Aysha. The project would then be open to international tender.

– Ethiopia Radio and Television Agency

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